As Arizona’s biggest city and one of the most populous cities in the country, Phoenix has everything you’d expect from a major metropolitan area — and that includes great team building options for local businesses and visiting teams. From escape rooms to axe-throwing leagues, you’ll find everything from classic activities to offbeat adventures. We’ve compiled a list of 11 fun team building ideas in Phoenix to help you out — but don’t stop there: rent a Peerspace venue to host a company retreat away from the office. Whether you’re celebrating a product launch or taking company headshots, you can line up several of these ideas back to back to make it an all-day — or weekend-long — team building outing.
1. Have an axe-throwing party at LumberJaxes
Tired of conventional team building outings like bowling or miniature golf? Take your team to the lanes at LumberJaxes, Phoenix’s local axe-throwing facility. Book a corporate package for up to 100 people for a three-hour activity. You can also arrange for meeting rooms with A/V equipment, as well as a caterer and full bar. Don’t want to travel to their locations in Tempe or Glendale? You can hire their mobile axe-throwing team to bring the targets to your outdoor venue.
2. Create a customized team activity at a Peerspace venue
If having the option to design your own team building ideas in Phoenix appeals to you, browse Peerspace and look for a venue that’s suitable for your team. From multipurpose photo studios to conference rooms with all of the A/V gear you’ll need, you can take your team off site for a creative and memorable outing. You’ll find event spaces for every size and budget, and if you need additional support, such as a caterer or equipment rentals, you can call up the Concierge service or ask your local host for their recommendations.
3. Bounce around the room at Bump and Roll
Bump and Roll is the perfect place to bring out your inner child. Climb into one of their “human hampster balls” and knock down the pins in their giant bowling alley. Or, step onto the pool table to kick the balls into the holes with your feet! You can rent out the whole facility for a corporate outing, making this a fun way to build team spirit without taking things too seriously.
4. Learn a new recipe at Cooking With Joni
For a hands-on workshop, book a session with Cooking With Joni, a European-trained chef who will teach your team how to make some of her favorite dishes, based on French, Italian, Korean, and Thai recipes. Private lessons are available for small groups, and you can book the event at Joni’s facility in Scottsdale or host the event at your office or Peerspace venue.
5. Solve the puzzles at the Inferno Escape Room
Escape rooms are the ideal team building idea in Phoenix. They require you to work together in small spaces on a tight time frame — just like the office! Inferno has three themed escape rooms, including an office-themed puzzle called “Burned Out” and a Hangover-style room called “Lit,” in which you have to piece together the clues after a wild night of partying. You can fit two to 10 players in each room, so book more than one for a larger group outing.
6. Visit the Makerspace at the Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center has dozens of great exhibits, including a planetarium and a five-story 3D theater. But we think the best choice for a team building outing is the CREATE Makerspace, where you and your team can learn how to use 3D printers and other high-tech gear. Design LED wearables or laser-etched souvenirs that your team can take home. Rent their facilities for an all-in-one event space, or bring the fun to you with their mobile makerspace options.
7. Play archery tag at Mission2Play
For another fun activity that you can play at the office or a Peerspace location, book an event with Mission2Play, a mobile laser and archery tag company that will bring the equipment to you. These games are less physically demanding than paintball, so they’re a good option for teams of all ages and abilities. Assign your group missions for an active team building experience!
8. Go on a food tour with Taste It Tours
Get out of the office on a Taste It Tour of Phoenix or Scottsdale. Choose from a day or evening tour that stops at four or more local restaurants. In addition to sharing great food, you’ll learn about the history and culture of the region. Trolley tours are available, but expect to do some walking between stops. This activity is suitable for groups from 10 to over 100, and you can choose a pub crawl or wine & chocolate tour as well.
9. Paint your own masterpiece at the Brush Bar
Paint and sip parties are a fun option for a team building idea in Phoenix because you get to take something home with you to remember the experience! Choose from team building options like Painting Musical Chairs, where you’ll move between canvases throughout the painting process. The Brush Bar is located in Scottsdale, but the company can bring the easels to you with a Brush-to-Go painting party. Paint, canvases, and a glass of wine are included for each person.
10. Explore the virtual gaming lounge at Modern Round
Modern Round is a virtual shooting arcade that offers puzzle games and target practice without the danger of live ammunition. The facility uses laser technology and state-of-the-art simulations to create an immersive experience for all skill levels. Rent out the party area for groups of up to 350 and enjoy food and drink for a stylish, interactive team building idea in Phoenix!
11. Let off some steam at the Simply Smashing Rage Room
If you’d rather let out your frustrations on real-world objects, head to the Simply Smashing Rage Room. You’ll use golf clubs and baseball bats to break all of your most-hated office equipment, including printers, monitors, and keyboards. Suit up in your safety gear and blast your favorite music from the speakers while you and your team go wild. You can rent out a party room for a debriefing session afterwards and even request a video recording of your experience.
Phoenix is a desert city known for its extreme heat, so plan ahead and choose an activity that’s suitable for the season. Some outdoor activities aren’t available in the summer months. To make sure you have a comfortable, air-conditioned venue for your team, rent a location on Peerspace so you can host all of your exciting team building ideas in Phoenix in one central place. Have fun!